Aug. 12, 2002

* Independents keep turns down, profits up but... * Buying groups need to consolidate * 2001 big box market share All this and more in Hardlines Quarterly Report, 3rd Qtr, 2002

"The next issue of Hardlines is August 19th." Michael McLarney

Please note that Hardlines will be published on August 19. There will be no issues on August 5, August 12, and August 26. The World Headquarters remains open during this time however, as we prepare for our incredible Hardlines Conference Series in Toronto, September 12-13. - Michael

World Headquarters, Toronto -Independent hardware and building centre dealers may be keeping turns down and getting profits up, but it hasn't been enough to stave off the growing market share of home improvement big boxes. These conclusions are drawn in part from a new survey of dealers across Canada. The survey, Benchmarking 2002, was conducted jointly by Hardlines Quarterly Report and the Canadian Retail Hardware Association and appears in the latest issue of Hardlines Quarterly Report. While it shows yearly improvement in the operations of hardware retailers and building centre dealers, another study in the same issue shows that the growth of independent dealers has kept pace with the growth of the industry overall, but has failed to increase its market share. Big boxes, meanwhile, have increased their share and now account for almost one-fifth of the overall market. The latest issue of HQR also features the only accurate evaluation of the size of the home improvement market at retail, and breaks out the growth of five key retail formats within that market. This issue's Retail Report considers the growth of buying groups in Canada, and their need to seek further consolidation to better compete against big boxes. An updated organizational chart of all the key buying groups, complete with their affiliations, provides a ready reference for figuring out the connections among the various groups. HQR is dedicated to making sense of home improvement retailing today. Each issue is filled with the latest proprietary research that tracks the growth of the retail home improvement industry in Canada. To order, fax Nancy Wright at 416-489-6154, e-mail or click here. Call Nancy at 416-489-3396 and ask how you can get HQR AND the Hardlines Industry Report and save $396!
World Headquarters, Toronto - Finding business overseas is the subject of a new seminar from Hardlines. "Global selling: Tools for Opening Overseas Markets" will precede the Retail Strategies Symposium in Toronto on September 12. The workshop will provide an overview of the global home improvement market, identifying key international markets and leading retailers in Europe and Asia. In addition, experts on tax and export law will share tips to keep paperwork down and get sales up. The benefits of Canadian participation in the world's largest hardware show, Practical World: the Cologne International Hardware Fair/DIY'TEC, will also be presented. Any company looking for more international customers or greater access to global buying will benefit from this workshop. It includes practical tips on finding representation, meeting buyers and stickhandling the ins and outs of foreign business. "Global selling: Tools for Opening Overseas Markets" is presented free of charge as part of the two-day Hardlines Conference Series, September 12-13, 2002. Day one features the Global Sales seminar in the morning, followed by the Retail Strategies Symposium in the afternoon. Day two features a full day of presentations and workshops in our Hardlines Marketing Conference. For more information about the Hardlines Conference Series, September 12-13, 2002, call Nancy at 416-489-3396, Click here to register.
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How big is the Canadian hardware/home improvement industry? Which sectors are growing fastest? Know the answers - read the Hardlines Quarterly Report!.... CLICK HERE to find out more!
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